Aflac East Team Capsules

Jack Armstrong, RHP
Jupiter (Fla.)
HS
Height:
6-7 Weight: 200
Bats/Throws: R/R
With a projectable
frame and pedigree, the son of former major leaguer Jack Sr., Armstrong has
name recognition to go along with plenty of potential.
Xavier Avery, OF
Cedar Grove HS, Ellenwood,
Ga.
Height: 6-0
Weight: 185
Bats/Throws: L/L
One of the fastest
players in the country and a D-I tailback football recruit, Avery uses his
blazing speed to run down fly balls in center field and wreak havoc on the
basepaths.
Tim Beckham,
SS
Griffin
(Ga.)
HS
Height:
6-2 Weight: 191
Bats/Throws: R/R
A fluid athlete with
true middle-infield skills, Beckham is one of the nation’s most promising
position players. He can hit, run, throw, field and hit for power, making him a
five-tool talent.
Brett DeVall,
LHP
Niceville (Fla.) HS
Height: 6-4
Weight: 217
Bats/Throws: R/L
DeVall is a
physically imposing figure on the mound and his pitching prowess is equally
intimidating. He has an advanced feel for pitching and works off a nice
three-pitch repertoire.
Anthony Ferrara,
LHP
Riverview (Fla.) HS
Height: 6-2
Weight: 190
Bats/Throws: R/L
The rising senior
class has a handful of intriguing southpaws, including Ferrara, who has dialed
his fastball up to 95 mph and has an athletic delivery.
Wesley Freeman, OF
All Saints’ Academy, Winter Haven, Fla.
Height: 6-4
Weight: 210
Bats/Throws: R-R
A big, strong
presence on the field, Freeman’s tools are evident. He has outstanding raw
power with an ability to drive balls out of all parts of the
ballpark.
Sonny Gray,
RHP
Smyrna
(Tenn.)
HS
Height:
6-0 Weight: 185
Bats/Throws: R/R
Gray is one of the
top-five pitching prospects in the nation. He has a fastball that routinely
sits in the low-90s, touching 95 mph, and he can freeze even the best hitters
with a hard, tight curveball.
Taylor Hightower, C
Cartersville (Ga.)
HS
Height:
6-1 Weight: 190
Bats/Throws: R/R
Because of a strong
arm and a dangerous bat, Hightower earned Aflac honors as one of the country’s
premier high school catching prospects.
Destin Hood, OF/SS
Saint Paul’s Episcopal
HS, Mobile, Ala.
Height: 6-2
Weight: 185
Bats/Throws: R-R
A power-hitting
outfielder with premium athleticism, Hood is one of the more exciting players
in this year’s game. He can launch long home runs to left field and has an
aggressive approach.
Eric Hosmer,
1B
American Heritage HS,
Plantation, Fla.
Height: 6-3
Weight: 210
Bats/Throws: L/L
Hosmer is one of the
most gifted amateur hitters in the country. He’s drawn comparisons to Angels
first baseman Casey Kotchman for his sweet swing and smooth defensive
skills.
Garrison Lassiter,
SS
West Forsyth HS, Clemmons, N.C.
Height: 6-2
Weight: 187
Bats/Throws: L/R
A slick-fielding
shortstop with supple hands and a strong arm, Lassiter makes all the plays up
the middle. His unorthodox approach at the plate works for him, and he’s having
a great summer.
Kyle Long,
LHP/1B
Saint Anne’s-Belfield
HS, Charlottesville, Va.
Height: 6-8
Weight: 285
Bats/Throws: L/L
A remarkable athlete
with massive size and strength, Long is as physically imposing as any player to
wear the Aflac uniform. He has plus raw power and arm strength.
Daniel Marrs, RHP
James River HS, Midlothian,
Va.
Height: 6-3
Weight: 200
Bats/Throws: R/R
A strong-bodied
righthander with plus arm strength and a heavy fastball, Marrs profiles as a
potential middle-of-the-rotation starter. He helped James
River win a state title this year as a junior.
Ethan Martin, 3b/rhp
Stephens County HS, Toccoa, Ga.
Height: 6-3
Weight: 185 Bats/Throws:
R/R
Martin headed into the summer as Georgia’s top
prospect, and one of the country’s top 10. He goes to the plate with one thing
in mind: doing damage to the baseball.
Harold Martinez, SS/3B
Braddock HS, Miami
Height: 6-3
Weight: 190
Bats/Throws: R/R
A skilled player on
both sides of the game, Martinez shows plus defensive ability with a strong arm
in the infield and can also change games with his power and sweet
swing.
Quinton Miller,
RHP
Shawnee HS, Medford, N.J.
Height: 6-2
Weight: 180
Bats/Throws: R/R
As a projectable
righthander who already shows feel for his secondary stuff as well as
above-average fastball velocity, Miller profiles as a promising
middle-of-the-rotation major league starter.
Adrian Nieto, C
American Heritage HS, Plantation, Fla.
Height: 6-0
Weight: 195
Bats/Throws: B/R
Switch-hitting
catchers are always a commodity, and that’s one of many reasons Nieto, a Cuban
native, has long been a high-profile amateur player.
Michael Palazzone, RHP
Lassiter HS, Marietta,
Ga.
Height: 6-4
Weight: 190
Bats/Throws: R/R
With a lean,
projectable frame, Palazzone offers outstanding upside, and also some of the
best pure stuff among the rising senior high school class.
Scott Silverstein, LHP
Saint John’s College
HS, Washington, D.C.
Height: 6-5
Weight: 205
Bats/Throws: L/L
A talented lefthander
with a deceptive delivery and a nice, three-pitch repertoire, Silverstein has
oodles of upside. He can run his fastball into the low-90s, and complements it
with a sharp slider.

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